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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 17, 2011 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

sigh ... there was no way we were going to have a Bob appreciation thread that didn't devolve into a Bob bashing thread.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Oct 17, 2011 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

It was not meant as "Bobby Bashing". I was just pointing out that he, like all artists, is not spot on 100% of the time. In fact, I find the "Miami Vice" Bobby preferable to the "Daisy Duke" Bobby, and find the Hell In A Bucket video to be quite amusing.

I accept Bobby, and ALL other Grateful Dead members including Donna and Vince, to be an integral part of "the soundtrack of my life".

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 17, 2011 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

"Miami Vice" Bobby, that's pretty funny.

Yes - lest we be too quick to judge, we must remember what a terrible era it was. Terrible, terrible. Thank god there are no videos of me from that era on youtube.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

I feel the same way about the "Disco Days" with the green polyester leisure suits and the rayon "dress" shirts.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 17, 2011 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

Well, beyond these two examples, I never bash Weir. Every time I pick up a guitar and try to play along with him, it's "how the hell did he do that?" I've got tremendous respect, not only for his playing, but also for some wonderful compositions. (HIAB ain't one of 'em.)

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 17, 2011 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

"Every time I pick up a guitar and try to play along with him, it's "how the hell did he do that?" I've got tremendous respect, not only for his playing, but also for some wonderful compositions."

Learning guitar greatly increased my respect for Bobby as well. His rhythm playing is astonishing at times. Also, many of my favorite Dead tunes were written by Bobby. I can't imagine the GD without him.

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Poster: BornEasement Date: Oct 17, 2011 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

i third this

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 17, 2011 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

And yet isn't that part of Bob's greatness? He inspires such enjoyable bashing.

Actually, I'm serious. "There is no excellent beauty that hath nor some strangeness in the proportion." (Francis Bacon) Bob's got a strange kind of excellence ... there's a bit of cheese mixed in there, and yet somehow it (generally) works. And I do think he's a genius. A quirky one, but aren't they usually?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 17, 2011 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Bob

I completely agree. But be careful, this opinion invites derision around here.
Yes, a strange excellence, and I also think he is an unsung genius at what he does. I guess it's just that when a genius is not being a genius, he/she can come a bit peculiar.